Mou with Nepal, treaty with Brazil, okay to Belarus:Cabinet

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New Delhi, Jul 17 (UNI) The Cabinet today gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nepal that would provide an institutional mechanisam for undertaking mutually beneficial research activities in the Himalayan region.

The MoU would be signed between the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, and the Gobind Ballabh Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED), Almora, an autonomous organisation of the Environment and Forests Ministry.

The move would also enable efficient coordination and ensure sustainability of partnership between the two organisations, besides facilitating the GBPIHED to develop as an interface institution between the Centre and the local communities in the Indian Himalayan region.

The MoU would be valid for five years, Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters.

The Cabinet also approved ex-post-facto the signing of the Extradition Treaty between India and Brazil on April 15 this year and authorise ratification of the treaty.

The treaty would provide a legal framework for seeking extradition of terrorists, economic offenders and other criminals from and to Brazil.

Another proposal that was approved was ratification by India of Belarus' accession to Annex B of the Kyoto Protocol under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The entry into force of the Belarusian amendment would open for Belarus an opportunity to contribute to the global efforts to combat climate change.

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